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Premier League 2020-21 Summary: Liverpool vs Newcastle United

Liverpool Fc (The Reds) were made to rue their innumerable chances to win comfortably as they were been held to a 1-1 draw by the visitors Newcastle United Fc in the Premier League.

Mohamed Salah returned to the starting line-up for the Reds home clash with the visitors Newcastle United Fc.

The Egyptian replaced James Milner and the versatile Veteran was the only change to the Team that was deployed for the Premier League away encounter with hosts Leeds United.

Youngster Curtis Jones was named among the substitutes after recovering from his unspecified muscle issue.

Playing at home, the Reds as expected were on the front foot and Newcastle United Fc (The Magpies) were looking to defend deep in number with the hope of playing on the break.

Mohamed Salah provided the early lead for the Reds in the 3rd minute by smashing the ball past Paul Dummett on to the top right corner of the net after the visitors failed to clear the cross from Sadio Mané.

Ozan Kabak picked up a Yellow Card for his foul on Allan Saint-Maximin in the 9th minute.

The Magpies looked to level the scoreline but Alisson Becker produced a fine save to deny Sean Longstaff after being assisted by Jonjo Shelvey in the 20th minute.

The Magpies were slowly getting a foothold during the First Half and the Reds needed badly the Second Goal to ease the nerves.

Had the Reds capitalised on their Goal scoring opportunities, the scoreline should have been 3-0 or 4-0 and never 1-0! Chances went begging. Just very poor finishing from the forwards!

Despite the numerous clear-cut chances for the Reds, shockingly the First Half ended with the Reds leading 1-0 much to the huge relief from the Magpies.

The finishing from the Reds forwards has been a letdown throughout this Season and this simply could not continue especially during the Second Half!

Soon after the Second Half began, Firmino had his shot from outside the box comfortably saved by Martin Dubravka after being assisted by Salah in the 48th minute.

There were enough warning signs as Alisson again produced another save to deny the shot from Joelinton in the 55th minute after an assist from Jacob Murphy.

Rather surprisingly, James Milner was brought on to replace Jota in the 58th minute.

The Reds continued to press and probe but the chances they had during the Second Half were anywhere near the clear-cut opportunities of the First Half.

The Reds had not been anywhere near as good in the Second Half and they seem to get worse as the game progressed.

Youngster Curtis Jones was brought on to replace Thiago in the 76th minute.

Following a wonderful pass from Alexander-Arnold, Mané’s shot was denied by Martin Dubravka in the 80th minute.

Milner had his shot saved by Martin Dubravka following an assist by Robertson in the 81st minute.

Fabinho picked up a Yellow Card for his cynical challenge on Allan Saint-Maximin in the 88th minute.

Deep in to the injury time, the Reds had a huge heart in the mouth moment; following an assist by Allan Saint-Maximin with a through ball, Callum Wilson had his Goal chalked off after a VAR Review as the Englishman stuck his hand following a fine save from Alisson.

The Reds simply could not protect their slender lead as just moments later Joe Willock fired home the equaliser after being assisted by Dwight Gayle with a headed pass.

The ball deflected off both the Reds Centre Backs and sent Alisson to the opposite direction.

The match finish with the Reds being held to another 1-1 disappointing draw!

 

Reds Team Performance Ratings

Liverpool (4-2-3-1 Formation)

Defence:

Alisson Becker – 7: One of the few Players that performed well. Made fine saves to keep the Reds in the hunt but was totally helpless for the leveller! The Forwards has been a letdown again!

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6: Patches of good performances and slightly improved during the Second Half.

Ozan Kabak – 6: Picked a Yellow Card very early in the game and defended reasonably well.

Fabinho – 6: The Makeshift defender also picked up a Yellow Card. Made necessary challenges and interceptions when needed.

Andrew Robertson – 5: Narrowly missed his shot during the Second Half. Was inconsistent going forward but struggled overall!

Midfield:

Georginio Wijnaldum – 4: Perhaps the Dutchman could have been effective with either Jordan Henderson or Fabinho next to him. Just could not dictate the game and was outmuscled in the midfield tussle.

Thiago Alcântara – 7: The Spaniard was the other Player that performed well. His substitution was baffling as the Reds needed his creativity to keep the tempo going. Besides that the Spaniard timed his challenges well and got the Reds on the front foot.

Forwards:

Roberto Firmino – 5: Where to begin. The Brazilian is already out of form (for far too long)! This game was no exception as the Brazilian was inconsistent in possession and barely had any impact on the game. Slightly improved in the Second Half!

Sadio Mané – 5: Troubled the Magpies defence during the First Half but his performance faded as the game progressed and the Senegalese International is clearly lacking confidence.

Diogo Jota – 6: Wasteful but looked threatening going forward (especially with direct running and ball progression). Very surprising decision from Jürgen Klopp to see the Portuguese being subbed instead of the ineffective Firmino.

Mohamed Salah – 6: Despite scoring the opening Goal, the Egyptian was very wasteful. Struggled after the Second Half.

Substitutes:

James Milner – 6: Was brought on to bring more stability to the side as Jota made way for the Veteran.

Curtis Jones – N/A: Was brought on to replace the arguably the best Player in the Match. Offered nothing!

Coach:

Jürgen Klopp – 4: Took the brave approach to utilise a 4-2-3-1 but later made baffling decisions to take off Jota and especially Thiago (instead of Firmino) as the Reds needed to maintain their sustained attack.

This game could (however) very well be the defining moment for the Reds bid to secure the Fourth Spot in the Premier League as whatever lingering hopes that remains is soon getting evaporated like their Doomed Title Defence!

Needless to say, the wastefulness of the Reds Forwards this Season is clearly hurting the Reds more than their frequent untimely injuries!

The Reds are next scheduled to play against the hosts Manchester United Fc in the Premier League but psychologically, the Reds will be kicking themselves for missing numerous chances to seal a comfortable home win over the Magpies!

 

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